Eric Idle was born on 29th March, 1943, in South Shields city of United Kingdom.
The actor is 6 feet 1 inch tall.
He is the son of Ernest Idle, who was an Air Force officer. His mother’s name was Nora Barron Sanderson, who was a health visitor.
Eric is the ex-husband of Lyn Ashley, who is a famous Australian actress. The couple was married from 1969 to 1975. They together are the parents of Carey Idle.
In 1981, Eric got married to the English actress, Tania Kosevich. The couple gave birth to Lily Idle in 1990.
He is an alumnus of the Pembroke College of Cambridge University, London. He did his majors in English Literature. In 1965, the Cambridge Footlights Club elected him as the President. It was a theater club. Earlier, the club only had male members. Eric changed the rule and women could join the club from thereon. One of the first women members of the club was writer, Germaine Greer.
In 1967, he did his first show on TV called ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set!’ It was aired on the ITV channel from December 1967 to May 1969. It was a comedy show. This show had a major impact on Eric’s life. In 1969, he, along with his two co-stars, Michael Palin and Terry Jones, formed Monty Pythons, a comedy group. They are famously known as The Pythons. They had their own show on BBC named Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Later,
Graham Chapman and
John Cleese joined the group. The show was a super success. They were offered many movies and were invited on many TV shows after this. The group finally parted ways in 1983.
Eric wrote the script of many shows and TV movies in the post-1970 period. His first script was for the show, No, That’s Me Over Here! in 1967. He only wrote its first episode.
He was also a part of the animated movie, The Transformers: The Movie, in 1986. He was the voice of the character, Wreck Gar.
He also produced many movies and TV serials.
He was part of many video games as well. In 1995, he did the role of Rincewind in the video game ‘Discworld’. He wrote as well as produced the game, Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail.
The Pythons were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BAFTA 2009 in New York City.